Michele Capecchi

    Michele Capecchi, a registered lawyer and member of the Florence Bar Association, holds a master of laws in American law and international legal practice from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He writes on general legal issues for TF and will consider relevant inquiries sent to redazione@theflorentine.net and info@CapecchiLegal.com for upcoming articles. Author of the book 'Legal Advice for Expats in Italy' published by The Florentine Press.

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    A new visa scheme for digital nomads looks set to make moving to Italy easier

    A new visa scheme has been announced for digital nomads to make it easier for workers to live and work in Italy.


    Digital nomads in Italy: visas and tax incentives for remote workers

    While the world of travel post-Covid 19 may look a bit different, most countries are beginning to reopen their borders. With the pandemic, the number of workers who do not ...


    Move fast: immigration quotas for Italy now open for 2020

    It is now possible for non-Italians to obtain a work visa in Italy during these uncertain times, but you’ll have to move fast.       On October 12, the ...


    Moving your family to Italy

      The following three priorities should be taken into consideration if you are planning on moving to Italy with your family: 1) residency at the local anagrafe, the vital records ...


    Italian citizenship rights for women

    One of the most important principles of acquiring Italian citizenship is based on the nationality of one or both of your parents. Known as “jus sanguinis” (meaning “right of blood” ...


    Citizenship, residency and tax liability

      “I am a U.S. citizen and I plan to move my residency to Italy. I will continue working remotely for my U.S.-based company and will continue paying my taxes ...


    How to acquire Italian citizenship

    Steps to take, documents you'll need


    GDPR: What Italian businesses need to know

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. Here is a useful summary for Italian business owners to establish how their businesses will be affected and understand whether their businesses are ready for these new rules.


    Reporting violence against women in Florence

    Far too often during my career, I have met female clients seeking legal separation and protection from their husbands. Even after many years of practice, I am still shocked at ...


    Rotten (food) rights in Italy

    Question: A few days ago I bought some fresh pasta from the chilled section at the supermarket near my house. As soon as I got home I put it in ...


    On ruined holidays

    When summer comes to an end, the number of claims for damages caused by contractual breaches of tour operators and travel agents inevitably soars. All-inclusive travel packages are a service ...


    Opening a business in Italy: the basics

    Can I do business in Italy from the U.S.? Can I sell my products in Italy? Should I set up a company in Italy? What type of company best suits ...


    Legal lines: in case of divorce

    In this article, The Florentine’s legal columnist and international lawyer Michele Capecchi addresses many of the issues raised at the Round Table on Violence Against Women, held on March 16 ...


    Italian measures to protect women: what’s in place?

    On International Women’s Day (March 8), people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But gender equality is still far from being reached and so many ...


    Remembering Ashley Olsen one year on

    A statement from Avv. Michele Capecchi on the anniversary of the death of Ashley Olsen, brutally murdered in her Oltrarno flat on January 8, 2016.


    On civil unions and de facto couples

    On May 11, 2016, the Italian Parliament approved a law recognizing the civil unions of same-sex partners and specific rights to partners, regardless of their sexuality, who “live as a ...


    How to buy your dream home in Italy

    A little villa in the countryside? An apartment in the city? A charming house in a medieval town? The real estate ads are irresistible. However, your dream of a home ...


    Can you trademark a tweet?

    In my two previous articles on intellectual property (theflr.net/tf208legal and theflr.net/tf209legal), I encouraged copyrighting and trademarking. However, not everything that we post on our webpages or social media can be protected as a copyright or a trademark. You simply do not own everything you post online,


    Who owns the hashtags?

    In the March issue of The Florentine, I outlined the key means of protecting your business’s intellectual property (see the article here). Here, I discuss a specific aspect of safeguarding your business’s distinctiveness: using social media to promote your company’s services and image, in


    Protecting your intellectual property

    Disclaimer: The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice and should not substitute for counsel. The information is based on the opinion of an independent expert and does not claim to be complete or definitive.  A remarkable number of promising students attend Florence’s fashion


    Does Italy really have a new “get-divorced-quick” law?

    In recent days, there have been countless articles in countless Italian newspapers about the "new" divorce law, which supposedly allows a childless married couple to separate by going directly to the registrar who married them, without the need for a lawyer or a judge.   How true is it?  


    Home sweet home

    The Internet is an amazing resource for all those wanting to rent an apartment without the assistance of a real estate agency. However, while the adventure of finding the perfect place for a short- or long-term stay can be rather exciting, the technicalities of both renting and renting out


    Let’s talk about visas: Part II

    Many foreigners have brilliant business plans and are willing to invest time and money in lucrative ideas in Italy. Some would like to start an import/export business in food, fashion or another of Italy’s signature sectors. Others hope that a self-employment permit is an easier solution


    The IVIE tax

      This spring, I wrote an article about the new property tax owed by the owners of real estate property in Italy, called the Imposta Municipale Unica (IMU; see TF ...

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